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Definition of teff

: an economically important Ethiopian annual cereal grass (Eragrostis tef synonym E. abyssinica) grown for its small grain which yields a white flour and as a forage and hay crop

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Deep, dark chocolate meets some fun new ingredients, such as teff flour and date syrup, resulting in unusual, indulgent bars with an utterly decadent texture. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "7 sweet treats that taste better in a cast-iron pan," 10 June 2019 Our addictive multi grain crackers are made up of rye, teff, whole wheat, oats, flax seeds, pepitas, sunflower seeds, and many other great things. Sunset Staff, Sunset, "Eat This Burger, Ogle These Dogs, and 8 Other Things You Should See & Do This Week," 22 Jan. 2018 Even teff and amaranth, typically cooked to a porridge, can be refashioned as grain salads with careful preparation. Emily Horton, charlotteobserver, "Four steps to making a great grain salad, every time," 19 June 2018 Experiment by subbing in a cup of any combination of flours: buckwheat, whole wheat, teff, corn, rye. Julia O'malley, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaskana recipe: Sourdough pancakes," 27 June 2018 Moist, fudgy and complex, thanks to date syrup, teff flour and halvah (sesame-paste candy). Kara Elder, Washington Post, "Put your cast-iron skillet to work for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert," 19 Feb. 2018 Whisk teff flour, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, pepitas, walnuts, flaxseed meal, psyllium husks, chia seeds, and salt in a large bowl. Chris Morocco, Bon Appetit, "Super-Seedy Gluten-Free Bread," 19 Jan. 2017 Yeshi’s family farms teff and barley, while others in the region farm wheat, sorghum, and corn. Annie Hylton, Longreads, "Donald Trump’s War On African Women," 17 Oct. 2017 Papa John’s said that the new pizza crust is made from sorghum, teff, amaranth and quinoa. Thomas Oide, sacbee, "Papa John’s makes gluten-free pizza crust that gluten-intolerant customers can’t eat," 7 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of teff

1790, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teff

Amharic ṭef

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